Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on June 21, 2012

by Fred Pessaro //BBG

The Rapture/the scene House of Vans 6/20/2012
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Let the games begin. House of Vans is officially open to the public after last night's scorching show featuring The Rapture, Tanlines and DJ Dave P. The line, which headed all the way to N12th along Kent, started moving at 8PM and though some left out of frustration, it seemed easier to enter as the night progressed.

House of Vans hasn't changed much (read: at all) since last year's shows. Sectioned off drinking areas from the show (police-style barricades). Plenty of free liquids of the alcoholic/non-alcoholic type to refresh the crowd. Music fans intermingling with those out for the free booze. Aside from the zillion degree temperature, last night's show was what you've come to expect from the House of Vans space.

Following a few tracks from Dave P (who entertained the crowd intermittently all night), Tanlines opened the big stage, playing their dancey-indie to a hot and sweaty room. While the band may have solid melodies laid to tape, they are far from a live force. I've seen my share of bands play to backing tracks and with an electronic presence, but the key thing missing was the understanding of the differences between performance and a live show. Limited crowd interaction and not the most interesting band to watch by any stretch of the imagination.

It has been many years since I last caught The Rapture (opening for Daft Punk out on Coney Island) and I remembered them to have a bit more Contortions mixed in with their Chic (live anyway). This was not the case but no matter, The Rapture ripped a solid and energetic set for the packed crowd. The sound in House of Vans is far from forgiving but it the crowd went wild to their steady danceable funk groove despite the extreme humidity and only a single helicopter-sized fan to cool them off. Booties did shake.

The next House of Vans event goes down on July 12th and will feature H2O, 7 Seconds with more TBA. RSVP info is forthcoming. Lots more pictures from House of Vans, including The Rapture's set list, are below.

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Comments (28)

god, it must have smelled like a hot bag of ass in there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 12:30 PM

seriously wasn't that bad at all. the gigantic fan made a gigantic breeze.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 12:36 PM

The line was down to N14th around 8:30?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 12:45 PM

I think maybe 5 pictures would have been enough for the rapture show. ZZZZZZzzzzzzzz

Get Q AND NOT U back together!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 12:50 PM

Got there at 7:30. Waited in line for almost 2 hrs and didn't get in. Surrounded by the worst fucking insufferable people in line talking about their stupid ad/PR agencies and that they were "in a twitter battle" with M.I.A. It was like the entire populace of The Edge was in line for this thing. No crowd control. People were bribing the door people to get in. I'm over it. I'd rather pay for a show than deal with this bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 1:03 PM

@12:50 - Well said about Q & Not U! They killed it when they played North Six.

@1:03 - Agreed. I am the one who posts that free shows should be stopped. Keeps the riff raff out.

Finally, I want to punch these two asshats in the face. This is why there should not be free shows:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/tanlines/houseofvans/37.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 1:13 PM

that RSVP thing is bullshit. for people who are planning to go to these future shows. get there REAL early. Waited for 2 hours and got in after one Rapture song, and once inside, there was tons of room.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 1:16 PM

"@12:50 - Well said about Q & Not U! They killed it when they played North Six.
@1:03 - Agreed. I am the one who posts that free shows should be stopped. Keeps the riff raff out.
Finally, I want to punch these two asshats in the face. This is why there should not be free shows:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/tanlines/houseofvans/37.jpg"

I got stuck behind this guy on the right in the port o potty line for 30 minutes. The dude? was either taking the biggest dump ever or trying to figure out his little coke bag.

Posted by Tron Min | June 21, 2012 1:22 PM

those pics labeled "Dave P" are actually of his Fixed-NYC dj partner JDH...

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 1:27 PM

For anyone who went and is smart, what was the cutting in line situation? Easy? need to know for the next one.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 1:29 PM

haha, terrible. Those two 'asshats' are most definitely not from the NYC area. I hope someone calls them an asshat to their face at a show. I like that term - fits well.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 1:35 PM

just show up at or before 7 and you'll get in fine in time for all the music. it's a pain, but it's free...

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 1:45 PM

For 1:29, I showed up around 8 with 2 friends, saw the immense line and said fuck that. We were able to cut in line close to the front pretty easily. It is a clusterfuck near the doors so you can slip in there. We hardly waited at all and got right in. Hope that helps.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 1:56 PM

The lines for these free shows are long cause you hipsters don't work and can afford to wake up at 4pm, get your coffee and get in line.

ps hope quicksand's nyc isn't @ house of vans!

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 1:58 PM

Matty Safer looks terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 2:22 PM

was the sound any better this year ?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 2:44 PM

1:56 - You are a stain on humanity. Do you really have that much contempt for other people to think you are better than them and deserve a better place in line?

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 4:01 PM

You mean better than people like this, 4:01

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/tanlines/houseofvans/37.jpg


Clearly the answer to your question is YES

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 4:17 PM

MORE COWBELL

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 4:33 PM

Touche, 4:17.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 6:03 PM

RIP Studio B

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 6:43 PM

I'm pretty sure 99% of the people in attendance last night don't even know what Studio B was.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 7:33 PM

"I'd rather pay for a show than deal with this bullshit."

Exactly. Free shows just aren't worth it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 8:08 PM

Hey reviewer, you really need to bold every single band you fucking name drop?

For a second there I thought I'd get to see a Contortions set this summer.

See, when I read bv, it's not for the reviews or insight, it's for the
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/tanlines/houseofvans/37.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2012 4:13 AM

Check out the second to last pic. I didn't know Courteney Cox and Ed Harris were such big Rapture fans.

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2012 7:29 AM

L 1 n s a n 1 ty will never die.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2012 4:37 AM

To clear up a little something, NY was NEVER onsale at arcadefire.com today. I was refreshing all morning and it wasn't there. Whether it was ever supposed to be or not is the confusion. Merge said it would and neither they nor Arcade Fire has said anything to clear that up.

Posted by Arab Ladies | September 27, 2012 12:39 AM

wicked.

Posted by jordon | July 28, 2013 4:53 PM

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